About Us


Ozaki Kiyoaki,
Deputy Director General, Senior Researcher

e-mail: ozaki(a)yamashina.or.jp (Please replace (a) with @)

Experience Summary

Forty years as a wildlife biologist and conservationist working in Japan and South-east Asian countries, and 43 years as a bird ringer (registered by the Yamashina Institute for Ornithology). Special interests include Okinawa Rail, Short-tailed Albatross, Japanese Crested Ibis, Black-faced Spoonbill, White-naped and Hooded Cranes and Turns, Shorebirds. Studies have included general feeding ecology, conservation biology and migration.

Responsible for running the bird banding program in Japan since 1995. I have organized and/or participated in (as an instructor) banding training programs in Japan, China, Thailand, Vietnam, Malaysia, Indonesia, the Philippines, Russia, and Australia.

I organized and participated in a satellite tracking study of the migration of Short-tailed Albatross, Cranes, Swans and Goose, Black-faced Spoonbills and Saunders’s Gulls from Japan, Korea, China, Mongol and Russia.


B.Sc. Biology, Toho University, Narashino, Japan

PhD, Science, Toho University, Graduate School of Science, Narashino, Japan

Professional Experience
Deputy Director General, Yamashina Institute for Ornithology2010 - present
Chief, Division of Avian Conservation(Bird Migration Research Center) , Yamashina Institute for Ornithology1995 - 2017
Researcher, Bird Migration Research Center, Yamashina Institute for Ornithology1976 - 1995
Auxiliary Positions

Member of the Central Environmental Council, Ministry of the Environment President of Ornithological Society of Japan(since 2018).

USA: Short-tailed Albatross recovery team member

Japan: Short-tailed Albatross recovery program committee member

Japan: Okinawa Rail recovery program committee member

Japan: Okinawa Woodpecker recovery program committee member

Japan: Crested Ibis reintroduction program committee member

Japan: Red Data Book committee member


US Fish and Wildlife Service, Recovery Champion for 2008 (received as a Short-tailed Albatross project leader of Yamashina Institute for Ornithology)

Papers and Reports

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